long journal bearings, stability threshold speed, stability boundary, journal center trajectory


In this study, we observe that there are two threshold speeds (stability threshold speed and second threshold speed) for the long journal bearing, which is different for the short bearing. When the rotating speed is below the stability threshold speed, the stability boundary nearly coincides with the clearance circle, and the journal center gradually returns to the equilibrium point after being released at an initial point. If the rotating speed is between the stability threshold speed and the second threshold speed, after being released at an initial point, the journal center converges to a contour containing the equilibrium point. In this situation, for a higher rotating speed, the corresponding contour is also larger. When the rotating speed exceeds the second threshold speed, the journal gradually moves towards the bearing surface after being released at an initial point.


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